Cooper Automotive has developed a "touch lamp" technology that will replace conventional mechanical switches on dome lamps and other lighting convenience features starting in the year 2000. Lights can be turned on, off or dimmed by simply touching the surface of the dome -similar to the touch technology used on microwave ovens, says a company spokesman. Cooper says the new technology offers a host of benefits compared to the current dome lamps: integration of electronics; styling and flexibility; no switch degradation; clean system; and durability. The system also offers a color-keyed legend. The touch lamp is color-coded to easily identify on and off positions. The legend changes color to indicate activation of a specific function. Ward's Info No. 205